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HORIST: Are the #NeverTrump folks really willing to destroy America?

HORIST: Are the #NeverTrump folks really willing to destroy America?

Not long ago, I wrote a piece headlined “Please stop making me defend Donald Trump.”  I maintain a rather objective view of Trump (believe it or not) and have leveled my criticism of his pugnacious and erratic personality – and even my opposition to some policies, such as permanent tariffs.  This type of objectivity is not good enough for the #NeverTrump resistance movement.  They want … no, demand … total animus when it comes to Trump, his administration and his supporters.  They must all be demonized in the strongest possible terms – even the use of pejoratives that are usually considered the instruments of the ignorant and the vulgar.  They make Trump’s name-calling look like child’s play.

Of course, this comes as no surprise.  Even before his inauguration, the radical left within the Democratic Party, the news media, the entertainment world, academia and the various left-wing movements that flourish within the Democrat infrastructure issued their edict that no one should “normalize” President Trump.  In other words, it was predetermined in their mendacious minds that there was nothing that the Trump administration was ever going to do that could be given fair and honest consideration — nothing.

As if the biased, unfair and untrue partisan-driven criticisms of the President were not enough, these hardline radicals broke every tradition to maintain their drumbeat of specious antagonism.  They ended any semblance of respect for the man or the office by unleashing an unprecedented level of vulgar language – taking public dialogue to a new low.  It there is anything that should not be “normalized” it is the foul language that now flows these days from a not so intelligent Intelligentsia.

They have unleashed vicious attacks and insults on the family of the president, not only those who hold office in the White House.  In an example of what has been coined as “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” celebrity volunteers in the anti-Trump resistance movement went after Trump’s 12-year-old son Barron.  Fortunately, that one was so over-the-top that the attackers had to retreat.

It has long been said that partisanship with regard to foreign policy “ends at the water’s edge” – meaning that we face all foreign nations – friend and foe alike – as a unified America.  At no time in our nation’s history – even at the height of Vietnam War protests – has the party out-of-power so ruthlessly attacked and undermined the policies of a duly elected administration in a most flagrant example of partisanship over patriotism.  Rarely before has anyone in the leadership of a major party so aided and abetted the anti-American strategies and propaganda of our most dangerous international adversaries – at least not since Benedict Arnold.

One can expect the radical left to be … well, … radical in their language and actions.  As residents of the authoritarian side of the big-government political-philosophy continuum, their motive is to rule over, not govern.  They will not be restrained by the rule-of-law, common sense, civil decency and most certainly not by the truth.  The currency of communication is propaganda and their governing strategy is civil unrest.  And above all, they tolerate no disagreement with their arrogant elitist opinions.

The current tragedy of America has less to do with Donald Trump than the corruption of so much of the mass media –  lead by the Big Seven (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, New York Times and Washington Post).  It is true that a free and honest press is critical to a republic such as ours, but whether the media is controlled by government or by its own philosophic and political biases, it no longer serves the best interests of the nation.

Today, the Big Seven are not only more partisan and more biased than any time in my experience (and that is more than half a century), they have converted news analysis to one-sided propaganda.  Since the election of Donald Trump, the liberal media has advanced into an even more reckless and dangerous arena.  They have become advocates.  

It is not enough to spin the news in a leftward direction, but they now promote and call for activism.  They have used their powerful communication platforms to advertise and promote participation in all sorts of protests and civil disobediences by the left.  But more alarming, they have become the clarion call for civil protest.

In a recent program, Joe Scarborough called on the nation’s law firms to send lawyers down to the border to represent those children.  I believe he knew that the children have legal representation and that an influx of attorneys knocking on the doors would only create chaos and more optics for media propaganda.  Scarborough was not alone.  Al Sharpton called for demonstrations – as did several left-wing media hosts and their sycophantic panelists.  In terms of civil protest, the media has moved from chronicler to conspirator.

What seems to have driven the left, and especially the media, to such an extreme has been an unrestrained frustration.  Founded on the shock and disappointment of the Trump election, the left has mounted a campaign to bring Trump down … period.

But, the attack is not only directed at Trump and his administration.  God knows that they have tried to shame and malign everyone and anyone who might say a good word about Trump or any of his policies.  They characterize anyone who supports Trump in any way is immoral, cowardly, evil, heartless, stupid and even “lazy thinkers.” – arrogantly implying that they are the opposite.   There is no insult, no slander, that is beyond the pale for the crazed radical left.

For the most part, the radical left’s unrelenting criticism has had little effect.  The President’s favorable rating has gone up more than 10 points even as the #NeverTrump folks have unleashed the harshest and most dishonest criticism of any President since Democrats viciously slandered Abraham Lincoln in the campaign of 1860.  This has driven the left mad – literally.  There seems to be a direct relationship between every percentage point increase in Trump’s favorable rating the increasing ferocity of the attacks.

What has kept me writing mostly in the President’s defense has not been some blind loyalty to the man, but rather a revulsion of the incredibly mendacious, unfair and slanderous attacks on everything he says or does.  To say that I am a captive of some cult of personality is a baseless slander that has no persuasive influence over my political opinions and judgments.  My loyalty is to my own conservative beliefs and the policies that advance them.

So, I say to my friends on the left – and I think I speak for many others – as long as you obsess on the Trump personality, as long as you offer up big government and Big Brother policies and as long as you turn the world of common sense on its head with elitist administered political correctness, I will have to prefer the policies of the Trump administration.  It is the policies, stupid!

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Jean Norton

    you can’t defend the traitorous repulsive liar in the white house unless… you just tell more lies.
    Lies made, lies kept Notrump 2020

    • BILLY

      You are a DUMORAT FOR SURE! I can tell by your total stupidity and ignorance of the FACTS! But then you would not what the word FACTS mean, do you? Look it up, it is in most functionaries. You will not find that word in a LIBERALS dictionary though !

    • Lee

      Wow! You are the prime example of what the author is saying. Did you realize?

      • Allen Burleigh

        What the author said. I could not have said it better.

    • Fredrick Rehders

      Jean, I think Old Sarge has a message for you!

    • Fredrick Rehders

      “Lies made, lies kept”, is that your mantra, Ms. Norton?

    • Jhn

      No non-sense here. Just hate because you can’t have your way all the time. Now take your BaBa and lay on the floor and kick and scream. You still cannot have your way, you still cannot get away with lies and you still must, at some point face the truth. Socialist democrats are doing everything to destroy America, but as long as there are patriotic Americans, they will fail, Thanks be to God and REAL MEN.

    • Bob

      Jean can you tell me some of the lies you’re referring to ?

  2. Old Sarge

    Willing to destroy America? These are people who would cut off their noses to spite their face. What do you think?

  3. Blanca Winton

    Great and so smart Patriotic. Thanks

  4. William Boettger

    Mr. Horist,

    As a GDI Conservative, i very much appreciate your article. I published a piece last year in LinkedIn in June communicating the wrath we supporters of President Trump constantly face. In my seventy plus years on the planet, I have never seen anything this biased.


    • Jason D Ouellette

      You are all clueless idiots that would believe trumps lying ass, over scientists facts? How stupid can you be? Well if your from the southern states it makes perfect sense. Rednecks. Ugggg

      • Richard Barrett

        Facts list the economy is up, taxes are. Down employment is up, wages are up, the stock market is up… As compared to Uranium One deal, pay for play, even the partisan Mueller couldn’t find collusion, Steele opposition research used to justify the a track on Trump….which facts are you referring to?

      • Phil in TX

        Being from the South, I resent and disparage your eliteist attitude. You are the epitome of what is wrong with the Democratic Party. Denigrating anyone for their place of birth is the most ignorant attitude I can think of.

        Phil in Texas
        American by birth, Texan by choice, Southern by the grace of God!

    • Donnie

      Yes man, in my 68 years I’ve never seen it either. It’s stupid as well as reckless.

  5. Billy

    ThiaInk you for your well put comments! The left could care less about America or what we think and feel! They are only interested in POWER, AND MONEY! They must be getting plenty of money from the DRUG CARTELS and Mexican Mafia! They are getting paid to keep the borders open! SOROS has spent Billions to help keep it open. Even the United Nations is helping the ILLEGALS to get here! They must ALL BE STOPPED!i

  6. Billy

    I AM 73 and I have NEVER seen it this BIASED and STUPID EITHER!

  7. BILLY

    You are a DUMORAT FOR SURE! I can tell by your total stupidity and ignorance of the FACTS! But then you would not what the word FACTS mean, do you? Look it up, it is in most functionaries. You will not find that word in a LIBERALS dictionary though !

  8. Ian K

    You are quite correct. It IS the policies stupid!!!
    But it is so much more. Personality and character are the hallmarks of a great, even just a good, President. President Trump has neither of these redeeming characteristics. Most of his closest associates are either indicted or on their way. Most of his organizations are under investigation. His narcissistic personality prevents him from feeling empathy. Remember paper towels to Puerto Rico? His favorable rating has risen 10 points? Not in any poll I have seen. His rating has stayed at a pretty consistent 35-40 % as I have seen it. That group is his base. Listening to Fox News as their source for credible information. The “Big 7” as you call them, only seem to be outrageous in their reporting only because what we are witnessing is so unprecedented. DUMPTRUMP2020

  9. Jason D Ouellette

    You are an idiot. How could you trust trump admin? You can tell they are all liers just looking at them. No news has to tell me that. I knew he was a corrupt person well before he was ever bad mouthed on tv. It’s all true. He is the worst thing that’s ever happened to this nation. All you conservatives are stupid.

    • Linda Walther

      Liars just by looking at them. Is that why you don’t have a picture on your response????

  10. Jhn

    The bible talks about those who call the truth lies and lies the truth. Guess even thousands of years ago, God knew about the socialists in the democratic party. Punching Bag is too liberal to post but it gives me a feeling of venting about the hateful, evil socialistic democratic party and the fools following their instructions.

  11. Jim McDermott

    The Democrat Party is a total disgrace. They lie, cheat, misinform, manipulate in conspiracy with the mainstream media to destroy President Donald Trump. There is not a word uttered by these people that is believable. They march in lockstep with one another and they are all cowards to speak up. They lie to get elected posing as moderates when, in fact, they are socialist/communist anti-Christian phonies

  12. Grover Syck

    The Never Trump folks are willing to destory Trump to save our nation.

  13. Carol

    Never Trumpers are still angry that their criminal candidate, Crooked Killary, lost the election…..even after all of their cheating and voter fraud. That’ means if they had run an honest election she would have been beaten by a landslide. Now all of the evidence is coming out about just how criminal their campaign really was….. I hope they all go to jail.
    Meanwhile, We the People, the silent majority, keep voting for Trump. He has done so much for our economy and has brought jobs to everyone, lower taxes, rebuilt our military and got us out of the ridiculous international deals where every country but the US wins. God bless our President and God save our country from the scumbocrats.

  14. Allen Burleigh

    The Democrats are a sad bunch of liars.

  15. Denny Taylor

    Antifa are paid Protestors for violent protests against all who do not believe in a one world Government. They are Seditionists who want to overthrow our government, and all the rest of the Western nations governments. The are Financed by the Globalists movement. To Be more specific, By George Soros, the Rothschild Family, ( Look up the Rothschild family and see how much of the worlds wealth they control, go to Wikipedia. Be prepared for a shock.) They funnel a lot of money through Georg Soros. (Look Up George Soros and read his life’s ambition). It is al there. The Open Borders, the Treason, all of it.

  16. Denny Tatlor

    Antifa, they are the same exactly as Hitler’s Brown Shirts before WW 2 and they helped Hitler overthrown a Democracy in Germany using the same tactics these punks are now using. They are Fascists’. Start researching who owns the news sources and what group they belong to.

  17. Michael M.

    The answer to the question Larry poses is “yes”. They are intentionally trying to destroy America. The destructive activism on the left may seem perplexing at times until one realizes that the real purpose behind it is to create chaos. It is a tactic right out of the terrorist’s handbook. 1. Create chaos by any and every means possible, 2. Blame all of it on the political opposition, and then 3. claim to be the only one capable of providing a solution. Case in point: 1. Congress intentionally fails to address immigration policy, 2. all of the resulting problems are blamed on the current administration, and 3. The message is sent must elect Democrats to fix it. Don’t fall for it!

  18. RRRoger

    They are not only willing, but eager to destroy America